Meghan and Harry’s show on Netflix means there’s no way to the royal family

The implications of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s latest move by Netflix could be huge – and they could be completely banished by the Queen.

Oh irony, you are a cruel mistress. Thursday in Sydney began with bright sunshine and blue skies, exactly the same weather as four years ago, the day Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, got married in Windsor.

What better day for the world to know that the Sussexes, ostensibly now freed from the tweed demands of working royalty, are filming a ‘homemade’ documentary series for Netflix that features ‘Hollywood insiders… buzzing about the show’. “.

In accordance with Page sixnot only was the production team following the pair on the set of Harry. Heart of Invictus, a sports championship documentary for wounded former and active servicemen, but they also did it for “the Duke and Duchess of Sussex-style home documentary series”.

“Cameras were allowed backstage at their Montecito, California home and joined the Sussexes on their trip to New York last September,” the post read.

“I think it’s fair to say that Netflix is ​​picking up its pound of flesh,” a senior Hollywood insider said. Page six.

But let’s, let’s call a spade a spade. No cunning nomenclature can hide the fact that what the Duke and Duchess are working on sounds, based on this report, exactly like a reality show.

While Netflix and Team Sussex have yet to comment on this report, if Page six with the money, this should be one of the fastest falls in the history of the British royal family, as Lady Jane Gray managed to last only nine days as Queen of England. (Her tenure was so short that they didn’t even manage to secure a coronation.)

Dignity, I barely knew you.

In just four years, the Sussexes have gone from world favorites, loudly adored with drawers full of enterprising plans for charitable projects, to proto-Kardashians.

There’s a lot to unpack here, according to an Archewell intern.

First, it’s just a little sad. The move reveals how desperate they are for money and the support of their celebrity.

Harry and Meghan can spend hours writing press releases about how they’re going to help change the world, but they say change hasn’t materialized yet. What did they succeed instead, based on this Page six report to do is shoot countless hours of behind-the-scenes footage. (Oh my god, who else can’t wait to watch the Duke of Montecito train his downward dog, or see how much vegan latte they can squeeze in?)

Just to be especially cliché, actions speak louder than words, and no amount of headlines in a press release can make up for the lack of tangible action. Only self-aggrandizing claims can get them so far.

When the pair announced their $140 million deal with the streaming giant in 2020, they promised “impressive content that paves the way for action.” Either a) it was a really misguided furry and they now figured out the only way to keep Netflix appealing was to let the crew in their front door, or b) it was the plan all along.

Secondly, there is no getting away from it. They may be getting paid millions, which would no doubt be a relief now that they have to pay for their hot and cold running bodyguards, but it takes their brand irrevocably from world-traveling philanthropist territory to Kardashian depths.

While their bank accounts can be of great help, their carefully cultivated image and credibility will surely suffer.

The problem with going down this path is that once they do, they will forever be tarnished by the reality TV brush.

In terms of PR, they can’t get their cake and eat it; they can’t take the Netflix money and make this show and also claim to be in the same league in terms of authority as Obama and Bill and Melinda Gates.

When it comes down to it, what this news really reveals is where their priorities seem to lie.

In the timeless words of Destiny’s Child, they now face “Bills, bills, bills.”

But this path can become a point of no return for the royal family.

While the Windsors may occasionally let TV viewers into their sparse world, say for outings such as touching Prince Philip: the royal family remembersthey are all one-offs that are more tightly controlled than a BTS fan meeting.

The Queen has learned a lot on this front.

In the late 1960s, Her Majesty, at Philip’s urging, allowed cameras at Buckingham Palace to film an originally titled one-shot documentary. The Royal Family. This was a mistake from the very beginning, and watching Her Majesty prepare salad dressing was not only extremely boring, but also turned her august person into a shocking bourgeois housewife.

It was a lesson in the importance of maintaining enough stardust around the monarchy while still showing a shared touch from time to time.

Even though there are even vaguely cameras next to them, the entire royal family probably won’t approach them with a 40-foot gold-plated barge pole.

Once the reality TV genie comes out, can they put it in a bottle again?

If Harry and Meghan turn into reality TV “stars”, would, say, the Queen still want to invite them to Balmoral for their summer vacation, when there’s a chance that everything the family says or does could be streamed to Netflix viewers later on?

Will the Sussexes know any news about Her Majesty’s health, for example, if there’s even the slightest possibility that it could be the occasion for an episode no viewer can afford to miss?

What Netflix has really bought here is not access to ambitious thought-leader philanthropists with exciting ideas about the power of hugs, but to two members of the royal family.

What makes them so attractive to TV bosses isn’t their thoughts on parental leave, but their proximity to the Palace.

No matter how enthusiastic the couple themselves may be talking about climate change or gender equality, as long as they are on the microphones and in the frame, at the end of the day, the audience only wants to press their noses against the glass. royalty. They want to access the supposedly perfect world of the Sussexes and see them as the real Duke and Duchess in the wild, if you will.

Doing something that might look like using their royal status for financial gain could end up putting them under the queen’s guns.

At the moment, the big question is when this “documentary series” can hit the screens.

“Timing is still being discussed, everything is up in the air,” said one “knowledgeable” producer.

“We’ve been told Netflix executives would like the series to tie in with Harry’s hotly anticipated memoir by the end of the year, the Sussex camp would prefer it to air next year.” Page six reports.

Regardless of when this series comes out, the result will be the same: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are open for business.

Daniela Elzer is a royal expert and writer with over 15 years of experience working with a range of leading Australian media outlets.

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